Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Wordless Wednesday: Shell-less egg
Every great once in a while, a strange thing happens. One of our chicken will lay an egg without it's shell. This egg is perfectly normal inside, covered by a thin membrane...but it has no egg shell. It feels very similar to a water balloon. In all our years of keeping chickens, this is only the third time this has happened, or at least that we have found the egg.
It sometimes occurs when chickens first begin to lay, and their bodies are new to laying and the shell gland is not working at its prime. It can also occur with older hens, for the same reason. It is always quite a surprise to go out and collect eggs, and pick up one that is missing it's shell. :)